Object ID
2008.37.63
Object Name
Block, Printing
Date Created
December 1960
Material
Lead; Wood
Object Entities
Damianos, John (is related to)
Object Description
Rectangular wood and cast lead printing block. The print image consists of two lines of text. The top line is in Greek and is a large font size. The second line is in English and has text of a smaller size than the first line. The second line provides the translation of the first line, which is: "Pammessenian News."
Origin
Donated by John Damianos. The printing block was used in a linotype printing machine. Linotype presses allowed for the casting of entire lines to be printed at a time. Linotype printing was eventually succeeded by lithograph printing and computer typesetting during the 1960's and 1970's. This printing block was used by the Chicago-based, Greek Art Printing Company. This printing block was used in the printing of the Pammessenian News, which was the official Greek and English-language newpaper of the Pan-Messenian Federation of America. The Pan Messenian Federation, now called the Pan-Messinian Federation of USA and Canada, is a non-profit organization founded in 1945. The Federation works to preserve Greek language, culture, and civilization in Canada and the United States, as well as strengthen the links between Greek-Americans and Greek-Canadians and thier home region of Messenia. Messenia is a region of Greece that makes up the southwest corner of the Peloponnese.
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Citation
Block, Printing, December 1960, Greek Art Printing Company Artifact Collection, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/9988. Accessed 05/29/24.